Grand County Relay for Life is Aug. 6-7 |

Grand County Relay for Life is Aug. 6-7

A world with less cancer is a world with more birthdays.

That is what the American Cancer Society’s Relay For Life is all about. Grand County’s fifth annual event is Aug. 6-7 at the Middle Park High School track and football field in Granby.

Relay For Life is a fun overnight team event for all ages that celebrates survivors, remembers those who have lost their lives to cancer and gives participants an opportunity to fight back by raising funds and awareness for the American Cancer Society.

Campsite set-up starts at 5:30 p.m. with live music, on-site fundraisers and a barbecue donated by Mountain Parks Electric, Fontenot’s Fresh Seafood and Grill, Smokin Moe’s, City Market and other local restaurants. Opening Ceremonies begin at 7 p.m. with survivors kicking off the event as they take their first lap around the track to honor all Grand County survivors.

At nightfall the Luminaria Ceremony begins as hundreds of illuminated bags, personalized to honor a survivor or remember a loved one lost, will brighten the night. At midnight hungry walkers are fed again with pizza as well as Subway Subs. All the while, teams are walking the track through the night to symbolize the fact that “cancer never sleeps.” In the morning, the event wraps up with a closing ceremony and breakfast.

The American Cancer Society is the nation’s largest nonprofit contributor of cancer research funding with more than $10 million in current research grants in Colorado and $491 million nationwide. The American Cancer Society educates the public about prevention and early detection, advocates with our lawmakers to make cancer a national priority, and gives back to individual communities through free services for cancer patients and their loved ones.

A few of the services are offered free of charge in Grand County. Gas Cards and Hotel Vouchers are available through a grant received from the Grand Foundation for patients having trouble with the expenses of driving to Denver for doctor visits. For assistance and information call Judy Simpson at 970-350-5016 or Look Good… Feel Better is a service that provides women dealing with the appearance related side-effects of treatment. Free wigs, scarves, and make-up are available at the Granby Library on the first Tuesday of every month. To register, contact Colleen Stephens at 970-725-3402 or And Road To Recovery is a program that assists patients by having volunteers drive cancer patients to and from their treatments. Drivers are signed up and waiting to help out anyone in need. To schedule transportation call the ACS Center at 1-866-500-3272. More local services are available to Grand County cancer patients and their caregivers with gift certificates given through Relay For Life for food, hardware items, etc. Contact Jen Giacomini at the Rural Health Network, 970-531-7887 or

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